The Doriani have won four out with their five home games under coach Walter Zenga in 2010 and have only dropped points in the home when they drew 1-1 against Inter in gameweek 7. Only Lazio have performed much better than Sampdoria in your own home, winning all five of these matches.
The Blucerchiati are put joint seventh from the Serie A table with Torino and Atalanta on 14 points after nine games, whilst the Azzurri are equal 15th with Genoa on 10 points. Both teams were victorious from the previous round of Serie A action with Sampdoria winning 4-1 against Hellas Verona and Empoli defeating the Grifone 2-0.
Sampdoria have scored in 16 beyond 18 Serie A matches against Empoli, winning 10 of the games, drawing four, and losing four. The last time Empoli defeated Samp in Serie A was last January 2007, when Luca Saudati and Davide Matteini scored to the Tuscans in a very 2-0 win.
Eder could be the leading goalscorer in Serie A alongside Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain with seven goals along with the naturalised Italian spent three-and-a-half seasons with Empoli from 2005-07 and 2009-10. He was the top goalscorer in Serie B in the final season using the Tuscans, scoring 27 goals in 40 games.
Zenga is anticipated to rotate his squad because of this game. Niklas Moisander is probably going to take Matias Silvestre’s devote defence while David Ivan might take the place of Carlos Carbonero.
Sampdoria players Djamel Mesbah and Nenad Krsticic might make their returns from injury but Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Andrea Coda continue to be out with a muscular and knee injury respectively.
Empoli are nevertheless missing Daniele Croce and Levan Mchedlidze with muscle injuries but Azzurri star Riccardo Saponara returns from his three-match suspension. Saponara’s return shows that Rade Krunic will more than likely have to go to the bench despite scoring against Genoa.
Form Guide: Sampdoria (L-W-L-D-L-W) Empoli (W-L-L-W-L-W)
Expecting Starting Line-ups
Sampdoria: Viviano; Cassani, Moisander, Zukanovic, Regini; Ivan, Fernando, Barreto; Soriano; Muriel, Eder
Empoli: Skorupski; Laurini, Tonelli, Costa, Mario Rui; Zielinski, Diousse, Paredes; Saponara; Pucciarelli, Maccarone
Tag : Italian Serie A